This autumn we have been running a session for those who currently lead intercessions, or who would like to consider doing it. This is my handout from that so that some of the links appear here as links you can click straight through to.
If you want to add a comment or something for the notes then please do so at the bottom of this post.
Intercessions training 2016
I will post the content of this leaflet on my ChadTalks.org web page so you can click the links etc. You could also add comments there if you have ideas or resources to add.
What are we doing when we pray?
What areas of leading the intercessions make me nervous or uncertain?
Intercessions are a vital part of a holistic act of worship…
We have come together in our Father's presence to offer him praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive his holy Word, to bring before him the needs of the world and to ask his forgiveness of our sins.
From the introduction to Morning Prayer for Sunday, Common Worship p30.
Speaking on behalf of everyone - how do we balance this?
How do we link the intercessions with the readings and theme of the sermon and include all the other things we need?
What can we learn about how much to prepare in advance?
What if we don't know what to pray?
What sort of issues cause us to hesitate because we don’t know what to pray?
What issues are there that we know about in our congregations over which there are differing or strong opinions?
Some Bible verses we might use:
Amos 5:24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
Psalm 28:2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands towards your Most Holy Place.
It is ok not to know the answers! It is even ok to say “We don’t know what to pray!”
Great way of involving the congregation in the praying. Think about a response which has a clear introduction so people know when to join in!
Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.
Let us pray to the Lord
Lord, have mercy.
Common Worship (service and prayers for the Church of England) page 281 and following.
The Church of England has a page dedicated to ‘topical prayers’
The Methodist Church has a ‘prayer for today’ page, with a good variety of styles and sources
Both these pages have links to other resources to help planning
A Celtic Primer, complied by Brendan O’Malley
The Lion Prayer Collection, compiled by Mary Bachelor
What resources have others mentioned that you want to note down?
Visually - how can you use images to stimulate people’s imaginations in prayer?
Actively - how could you get people moving about in prayer?
Example - maps on our prayer board from our prayer walks, so we know where we’ve been and we know that if someone felt something from God we noted it down.